Why should the veterinarian who adopted a lame pig only to name him “Chris P. Bacon” be excused for his insensitive behavior? If someone saved another person from a car accident, it wouldn’t make it all right for them to call that person by a racial epithet.
Doing a good deed doesn’t earn one a free pass to be cruel or inconsiderate. We should all expect people to exhibit basic common decency. Choosing not to harm an animal doesn’t make you a savior any more than choosing not to beat a child makes you a hero.
The veterinarian who chose to care for the disabled pig obviously realizes that pigs are smart, social beings who feel pain, sadness, joy, and love just as people do. Surely he can extend his compassion a bit further by acknowledging that his new companion is a sentient being, not a slab of meat. Doing so will set an example for others to view animals as individuals, not objects.
city of Detroit
StrokeStyle/$ID/Japanese DotsWhen I heard the City of Detroit had filed for bankruptcy it reminded me of Ron Yezzi’s July 7 Your View in which he suggested Al DeKruif might deserve a “spanking” for suggesting Minnesota’s high taxes will drive business and the rich away.
Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, recently opined the reason for Detroit’s bankruptcy was because the rich had left the city, leaving the poor behind. Mr. Reich did not say so, but the way I see it the most likely reason for that might be excessively high taxes.
Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press recently wrote: Detroiters “pay more kinds of taxes, at higher rates, than any other citizens in Michigan....The cities tax structure is, by sheer numbers, among it’s most glaring problems.”